Geoff Bathje, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

Geoff Bathje, Ph.D.

"My overarching goals in teaching are to promote
multicultural competence, awareness of contextual
issues, critical thinking, and self-reflective thought
in all areas of training and practice."
- Geoff Bathje, Ph.D.

Geoff Bathje, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

I value active learning and critical thinking in the classroom. I believe discussion, application of content, and experiential activities are essential to learning. My overarching goals in teaching are to promote multicultural competence, awareness of contextual and environmental issues, critical analysis, self-reflective thought, and movement toward actions that promote social justice. I particularly enjoy helping students extend their learning beyond the classroom by thinking through and engaging in action toward social justice at the local or national level.

My primary academic and research interests are in multicultural competence, community engagement, stigma, and substance use. I have engaged in advocacy, community organizing, and policy work related to mental health justice, drug policy, and harm reduction for people who use drugs. I have also engaged in international work focused on HIV/AIDS and stigma of developmental disabilities in Tanzania. I was drawn to Adler University due to the emphasis on social justice and community engagement.

Please email or call me (312-662-4302) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia
  • M.S., Clinical-Counseling Psychology, Illinois State University
  • B.S., Information and Decision Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (2004-present). Divisions 17, 45, and 52
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility (2012-present)

Select Publications

  • Bathje, G.J., Delgado-Romero, E., and Stewart, A.E. (Under Review). Multicultural competence and its relation to therapeutic common factors and therapeutic outcome.
  • Bathje, G.J. & Pryor, J.B. (2011). The relationships of public and self-stigma to seeking mental health services. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 33, 161-176.

Select Presentations

  • Broaching the topic of race and other differences in counseling. Seminar at Michigan State University MECCA Forum, January 2010.
  • Experiential multicultural competence training: A group approach. Poster presented at The American Psychological Association Annual Convention, August 2009.
  • Multicultural competence assessment tools: An update. Poster presented at the Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting, May 2009.
  • Changing the face of counselor education programs using an integrated model of cultural competence. Poster presented at the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education Spring Conference, March 2009.
  • An Exploratory Needs Assessment Among Women Living with HIV in Tanzania. Poster presented at the International Counseling Psychology Conference, March 2008.


  • APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grant (2010), to study the impact of multicultural competence on formation of the therapeutic relationship.